Katie Kearns and Kaylan Knitowski also played good defense for Carden Hall, which also benefited from Leila Modjatahedi’s nice runs and received contributions from Emily Peschong, Jaynie Hexberg and Julia Ackerman. Goalie Emily Goltz made 15 saves.
“We tried our hardest,” Barbaresi said. “Good job to the Andersen team, because they did a really great job and used a lot of teamwork.”
Andersen Coach Glenn Taxman, meanwhile, left the game slightly relieved but happy for his players.
“They fought for the school,” Taxman said. “All the boys’ teams got knocked out [before the finals] for Andersen this year, so it was up to the girls to bring it back home. They had a lot of pressure on them. They knew they had six in a row. They’d been reminded in the neighborhood the whole last week. It’s a lot for 9-year-olds to handle.
“They’ve been reminded by everybody, and us coaches have been reminded by everybody. We didn’t want to have to list our houses for sale.”
Coach Glenn Taxman
Coach Jeff Bethel
Coach Peter Barbaresi
Coach Ian Goltz
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